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When Does Texting Become Autodialing?

Seventh Circuit Provided Opportunity to Consider Just What “Capacity” Equipment Must have to Fall Within TCPA Restrictions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit could entertain arguments on what “capacity” equipment must have to be considered an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). An Illinois federal …

COPPA’s “Safe Harbor” Grows with FTC’s Approval of iKeepSafe’s Self-Regulating Framework

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it approved iKeepSafe’s Safe Harbor Program application, allowing the company’s self-regulating framework to serve as a safe harbor under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the COPPA Rule. The approval comes five months after iKeepSafe originally submitted its safe

UPDATE on Breslow v. Wells Fargo – Same as the Old Boss: Eleventh Circuit Withdraws Opinion Just Four Days Later, But to Little Practical Effect

Just a few days ago, we reported on the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Breslow v. Wells Fargo, which reaffirmed precedent that strict liability can arise in autodialer, prerecorded-message and texting suits under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), if a caller or texter obtained consent from the intended recipient, …

Summertime Blues: Eleventh Circuit Doubles Down on Strict TCPA Liability for Texts and Autodialed and Prerecorded Calls to Cell Phones

Over the Spring, we reported on how the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Osorio v. State Farm brought that court into alignment with the Seventh Circuit on how restrictions in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) on automated and/or prerecorded calls and texts to cell phones can effectively impose strict liability, …

“Like” It Or Not–It May Not Matter

Loading Facebook’s “Like” Button Sends Personal Information Even If Not Clicked, and That Alone Could Violate the Video Privacy Protection Act
Recently, a magistrate judge in the Northern District of California confirmed what many already believed: that information disclosed to third parties without appropriate consent or pursuant to a permitted …

Internet Scams Target Car Buyers and Sellers

Posted by Brian Bennett

Experts say that scam artists are targeting just about every internet web site for automobile sales. Warning signs that consumers should watch out for are:

1) the seller or buyer won’t provide contact information, or the information doesn’t check out;

2) the transaction involves a money …

Need Another Reason to Hate Tax Season?

Posted by Merrill Baumann

It’s axiomatic that wherever large sums of money are changing hands, there will be scams seeking a piece of the action… and tax collecting is no exception. Not surprisingly, the IRS warns that numerous phishing scams abound, where the perpetrator asks for confidential information in exchange …